Lara lauds specialist batsmen

Brian Lara

Brian Lara was pleased with how his batsmen set up the win against India © Getty Images

Brian Lara applauded the efforts of the West Indies top order after they paved the way for a three-wicket win over hosts India at the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Caribbean side secured a place in the semi-finals after passing India’s total of 223 for nine with two deliveries left in Ahmedabad.

Chris Gayle made a rapid 34, Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck 51, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 53 and Runako Morton added 45.

Even Dwayne Bravo’s 16 runs earned praise from Lara. Coming in at number six, Lara made just five runs, making him thankful for the earlier efforts.

“The most important thing about our batting was the partnerships,” said captain Lara.

“Chris Gayle and Chanderpaul first of all - and Dwayne Bravo, batting at number three for the first time also got a 50-run partnership with Chanderpaul - and Sarwan and Morton again.

“So it’s more than just the individual scores.

“The guys are out there and spending time in the middle. (We were) three wickets down with just eight or nine runs to go and we won by three wickets, but it was a very good performance and the partnerships were the main thing.”

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